Albanese's views not out of line: Chalmers

Bill Shorten has downplayed Anthony Albanese's recent speech on connecting with business

Senior Labor frontbencher Jim Chalmers doesn't believe his colleague Anthony Albanese is saying anything different from other Labor MPs when he talks about having a better engagement with business.

A speech by Mr Albanese on Friday raised a few eyebrows when he called for Labor to work more constructively with business, which some commentators took as a swipe at Opposition Leader Bill Shorten,.

"A big part of my own role is engaging with business, I spend and a very big proportion of my time getting business perspectives, sharing ideas, spending time in the business community. That's true as well of Bill Shorten, Chris Bowen, right across the board," Dr Chalmers told Sky News on Sunday.